“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain…
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” ~ Psalm 127:1, 3-5
This was written by the wisest man in history, Solomon. And what wisdom this little Psalm contains!
Unless we make the LORD the center of our lives and surrender ourselves to His will, all we try to accomplish or enjoy is in vain. There is no lasting life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness apart from God.
“As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more; and its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children;” ~ Psalm 103:15-17
We must let God take care of us and all we have and do, giving everything to His care. Worry does us no good. What control do we have over circumstances and the actions of others? None. But God is the ruler over all.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
And finally, do we treasure our children? They are a gift, a reward from God! Oh how happy is the man “whose quiver is full of them”!
But also, then, do we release them into God’s care, into “the mighty hand of God”?
Do you ever have an “a-ha!” moment when reading through God’s word? I realized this morning that our children are arrows, meant to leave the quiver. Arrows are treasured and valuable, but they are designed to be launched by the bow, not to stay in the quiver.
Now, I know our kiddos must grow up and leave home and become their own people and live their own lives. And what a glorious thing to watch them become men and women! Two of our children have already left, and one of those arrows is preparing to go an even farther distance away. Of the two remaining at home, one is nearly ready to launch into his own great adventure, and the last will not be far behind.
It is our job as parents to release them, and to help launch them in the right direction, so that they are on target to fulfill the purpose God has for them. Once we release those arrows, they are out of our hands and into the “mighty hand of God”. Our prayer is that they would allow themselves to be directed and used by God, and that they would follow Him all the days of their lives!
Do we still worry about them? Sigh. Of course. But I must remind myself to cast my fears and worries upon God, because He cares for me. And for them. More than my humble human mind can ever comprehend. And then pray like crazy! 🙂
Oh how happy is the man whose quiver is full. Thank you, God, for our children!